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The Open Shell Stitch is a beautiful stitch pattern.  It is open and lacy and would look beautiful in a summer top!

This open shell stitch is quite simple to work and is a two row repeat.  As it is lacy and comprised mostly of double crochet stitches, it is not going to use up too much yarn.

I have already mentioned that it would make a beautiful summer top or swimsuit cover up, but I can also see this stitch working well in a market bag or lacy throw blanket.

the open shell crochet stitch worked in purple yarn


For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of Cotton Aran by Paintbox Yarns. It is an aran weight yarn. The hook shown here and in the video below is a wooden streamline hook by Furls Crochet. However you may use any hook and yarn combination you choose.

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    close up of the open shell crochet stitch

    The Open Shell Stitch:

    This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial.  At the end of each row you will need to chain three or chain four and turn your work.

    To begin, make a slip knot and then chain your desired number of chains.  For this stitch pattern you will need a multiple of seven stitches plus five for your foundation chain.

    Today I will chain a total of 26 chain stitches.

    Row One:

    Double crochet into the fifth chain from your hook (the skipped chains are a double crochet and chain one), *chain four, skip the next six chains, [double crochet, chain three, double crochet] in the next chain.

    Repeat from * across to the last seven chains.  Chain found, skip the next six stitches, [double crochet, chain one, double crochet] in the final stitch.

    Chain three and turn your work.

    Row Two:

    Work three double crochet in the first chain one space, *single crochet in the next chain four space, work seven double crochet in the next chain three space.

    Repeat from * across and work three double crochet in the final chain one space.  Work one more double crochet in the third chain of your starting chain four.

    Chain four and turn your work.

    Row Three:

    Double crochet in the first stitch, *chain four, [double crochet, chain three, double crochet] in the fourth stitch of the next set of seven double crochet.

    Repeat from * across to the final turning chain, [double crochet, chain one, double crochet in the top of the turning chain. Chain three and turn your work.

    And that’s it!

    For the rest of the pattern simply repeat rows two and three.  For this pattern I prefer to end the repeat on a row two.  Fasten off and weave in your ends.

    Video Tutorial:

    Thank you so much for stopping by! If you enjoyed this tutorial, you may also wish to check out the Interlocking Shell Stitch | How to Crochet.  I look forward to seeing you next Sunday for another stitch tutorial!

    Until next time, happy crocheting!


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